Elaborating on the construct validity of the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure in a criminal offender sample

J Pers Assess. 2013;95(4):343-50. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2012.735302. Epub 2012 Oct 31.


Patrick, Fowles, and Krueger (2009) developed the triarchic conceptualization of psychopathy in an effort to integrate historical theories and contemporary measurement models. The model proposes 3 phenotypic domains of boldness, meanness, and disinhibition. Patrick (2010) developed the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure (TriPM), a 58-item self-report measure, to index these 3 domains. This study examined the construct validity of the TriPM in a sample of incarcerated offenders (N = 141) and found evidence of good construct validity in that the scales were related to conceptually relevant normal-range and dysfunctional personality trait criteria, as well as narcissism and deficits in empathy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Criminals / psychology*
  • Diagnostic Self Evaluation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Personality Tests
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales